Kristen Alff specializes in the history of the Middle East and North Africa and global political economy. She is interested in explorations of gender, race and the environment in the history of global capitalism. Alff is at work on her first book, Levantine Joint-Stock Companies in the History of Capitalism around the Mediterranean: 1850-1925. It traces the practices of competition and cooperation between joint-stock companies across the Mediterranean, which gave global capitalism its shape. Her second book investigates the evolution of land sales between Levantine companies and Zionist purchasers in Palestine between in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Alff’s work on Levantine companies has appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History and Enterprise and Society.